MEMORY VERSE: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets;
and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.” – Ephesians
The gift of the Holy Spirit are diverse and purposeful (1 Corinthians
12:4-7). They are meant for every believer who believes and asks.
However, certain special gifts are given for leadership responsibilities.
They designate the calling of one believer from another, particularly
those who have a definite call to ministry (Acts 13:2; Hebrews 5:4).
This special class of gifts is the one we call ministry gifts (1 Corinthians
12:28; Ephesians 4:11).
1. THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
2. THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY GIFTS
THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
There are diversities of gifts, difference of administrations and
diversities of operations, all of which are from the same source the
Holy Spirit ‘(1 Corinthians 12:4-6). They are not natural abilities. They
are given to equip each believer for service and to confirm the word of
God (Ephesians 4:12; Hebrews 2:3-4). Every believer has a place
chosen for him or her by the Holy Spirit in the church (1 Corinthians
7:7b). No spiritual gift is of less importance to the other (Romans
12:3). You can have as many as the Holy Spirit is willing to give you, if
you ask (1 Corinthians 12:31a, Luke 11:31). These gifts include: word
of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, gift of healings, working of
materials, prophecy, discerning of spirits, diverse kinds of tongues and
interpretation of tongues. (1 Corinthians 12:8-10). Others are ministry
(helps), teaching, exhortation, ruling (governments, administration),
mercy, (Romans 12:608; 1 Croatians 12:28), etc.
THE FIVE FOLD MINISTRY GIFTS
The ministry gifts or special call-gift are biblically five. They are
Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors and Teachers (Ephesians 4:11;
1 Corinthians 12:28). Each is a spiritual office of leadership having
definite functions and attributes.
However, with the growth and expansion of the body of Christ, there
are other call-gifts and ministries that have been identified in the
church. Among these are drama, music/instrumentation, speech,
writing and art. Their growth and role in the area of edification,
evangelism and soul winning through inspirational messages cannot be
over emphasized. Notwithstanding, every all to ministry falls into the
five main classes mentioned above.
Since all gifts of the Spirit are from the same source, they are all inter-
related. You must aspire to receive gifts of the Holy Spirit.
1. State some of the gifts of the Spirit.
2. Mention the five main classes of ministry gifts.